Serra da Estrela & Shepherds Hike

Serra da Estrela & Shepherds Hike

€895 per person

Discover the nature and silence of the mountain on this overnight, weekday mountain experience in Serra da Estrela. Serra da Estrela is an exceptional place. It was the first natural park to be created in Portugal and stretches over six counties. The magnificent landscape of…

Discover the nature and silence of the mountain on this overnight, weekday mountain experience in Serra da Estrela. Serra da Estrela is an exceptional place. It was the first natural park to be created in Portugal and stretches over six counties. The magnificent landscape of the mountain is the natural habitat of wolves, boars, otters, foxes, and amongst the landscape you will find bellflowers, junipers, maritime pines and holm oaks. Fauna and flora are diverse, miles of green meadows, rock tops touching the sky, deep lagoons and glacial valleys with blankets of white snow during cooler seasons. Hiking routes here are numerous and for all levels of fitness. Serra da Estrela is Portugal’s highest mountain. Local heritage conservation and revitalisation of the land and the people is truly dynamic here. This mountain experience mini-break is a truly unique, purposeful and moving experience which will not easily be forgotten. Your hosts will be a local couple who both share a deep passion and knowledge of the area. Your accommodation will be a spacious country house with a beautiful view over the Zêzere River and Glacier Valley and Manteigas village only a short drive away. Surrounded by oak, pine and chestnut trees the house is quiet and comfortable. All experiences offered by Ines and Miguel are available in English, Portuguese or Spanish and are dedicated to sharing about the rural way of life, exploring the senses and supporting the local community. Classic Portugal is a certified and licensed Turismo de Portugal agency with the Clean and Safe seal. Your health is our priority. We have set protocols in regards to Covid19 including all guides vaccinated, transportation sanitised regularly and masks and sanitiser available for customers. Be sure you check out the Classic Portugal blog. If you like this tour you may also be interested in Rural Alentejo & Comporta.

 

  • Departure
    Day 1. We pick you up from your accommodation within the Lisbon area.
  • Departure Time
    Please be ready by 8:45 PM for a prompt departure at 09.00 PM.
  • Return Time
    Day 2. Approximately 20:00 PM.
  • Dress Code
    Casual, comfortable with suitable footwear. Please remember to bring a hat and sunscreen.
  • Included
    Face masks and hand sanitiser for your use
    Hotel pick up and drop off
    Private transportation
    Tour in English, Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese
  • Not Included
    Any meals
    Entry tickets
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Day 1, Scenic Tour
We pick you up from your accommodation in the Lisbon area and head to Serra da Estrela. You will visit a number of sites of natural beauty there including Poço do Inferno, the Monument of Our Lady of Good Star and Covão d'Ametade.
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Manteigas Village
Arrive at the mountain house late afternoon where you will meet your local hosts, Ines and Miguel.
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Experience 1, Cheese Tasting
At dusk, you will sample the cheeses of Serra da Estrela, whilst overlooking the Zêzere Glacier Valley. Chosen for you are a special selection of sheep and goat cheeses from Serra da Estrela region. Also chosen for you are some regional wines influenced by the same meteorology, geology, and water as the milk used in the production of Serra da Estrela cheese.
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Day 2. Experience 2, Hike with a Traditional Portuguese Shepherd
On this early morning experience you will follow the footsteps of a traditional Portuguese shepherd and his herd as he looks for the greenest pastures. Be part of the shepherd’s working day, listen to his stories and enter into communion with nature. At the end of the hike and upon arriving at the pasture you will share a small meal with the shepherd. This hike has a difficulty level of medium to hard.
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Lunch in Manteigas Village
Explore the small, picturesque village of Manteigas; a village and a community profoundly shaped by Serra da Estrela mountains, the grazing of sheep and goats, and the textile industries. Enjoy some more delicious, local foods.
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Experience 3, Textile Factory or Serra da Estrela Shepherd Dog Kennels
Your final experience will be a visit to either the local textile factory or the kennels of the most beautiful and purest breed of dog: the Serra da Estrela Shepherd Dog. The textile factory was recently reopened as part of a local regeneration project and now produces high-quality fabrics with contemporary designs but still using the beautiful, vintage machines, taking you back in time and history.
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Leave for Lisbon
Late afternoon your driver/guide will drive you back to your accommodation in the Lisbon area.